Things To Do in Louisiana This Weekend

Whether you are a culture seeker, food aficionado, outdoor adventurer or history lover, Louisiana is filled with opportunities for you to #FeedYourSoul. 
 

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Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival
Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival

Celebrate strawberry fields — and the farmers that grow them — at the largest free harvest celebration in the state.

French Quarter Fest
French Quarter Fest

Experience fantastic food and masterful melodies in the historic French Quarter.

Wine Down on False River
Wine Down on False River

New Roads or Napa Valley? Sip select wines paired with upscale local cuisine at Wine Down on False River.

Here's a roundup of fun Louisiana events and activities.

With 10 state museums and 21 state parks and preserves, there is no shortage of things to do every day of the year in Louisiana.

Head to countless festivals. Listen to live music that will get in your bones and never leave. Enjoy world-class fishing, boating and paddling. Get up close with nature on biking and hiking trails. You'll find excellent camping and picnic areas, including well-equipped cabins and RV parks, at many of our Louisiana state parks. 

Discover the history of Mardi Gras, see Louis Armstrong's cornet, relive historical moments in Louisiana sports history and so much more when you visit one of Louisiana's museums. There are endless opportunities to immerse yourself in the culture that makes Louisiana such a special place. 

Find your Louisiana with these events happening around the state this weekend. Check out a full list of this weekend's events and plan your visit today! 

Louisiana Railroad Days Festival

April 11-13
DeQuincy

At the Louisiana Railroad Days Festival, DeQuincy’s vivacious community comes together. This three-day celebration features a bicycle parade, t-shirt decorating contest, pageant and fun run. When you aren’t shopping from local artisans or tasting delicious Cajun fare like boudin and crawfish, take a moment to appreciate the intricate railways this festival commemorates.

After a full day of festival fun, catch a serene sunset Holly Beach. Find this sunny stretch of gulf along the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road, a 207-mile byway that runs through Lake Charles.

Visit Lake Charles.

French Quarter Festival

April 11-14
New Orleans

Let your joie de vivre ring true at French Quarter Fest! Fantastic food and masterful melodies have colored this New Orleans block party in kaleidoscopic hues for more than 40 years. Admission is free, and you’ll find dancing at each stage.

After a weekend of revelry, make your way to the French Market, where the original Café Du Monde still stands. Alongside a serving of pillowy beignets, order a frozen café au lait, a modern twist on the chicory-spiced drink that brought the establishment to fame.

Visit New Orleans.

Wine Down on False River

April 12-13
New Roads

Wine Down on False River paints the charming town of New Roads in Napa Valley luxury. Sip select wines paired with upscale local cuisine; browse art markets and jam to live music — all along the city’s Main Street.

No weekend in the New Roads is complete with a pastry breakfast at Dough & Joe, a specialty donut and coffee shop with offerings like Bananas Foster donuts and amaretto lattes. Later, enjoy a spring hike along False River, a winding stretch of goldenrod-dotted trails.

Learn more about Pointe Coupee Parish.

Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival

April 12-14
Ponchatoula

Find strawberry fields forever at the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival! Celebrate the beloved fruit — and the farmers that grow them — at the largest free harvest celebration in the state. Jam to live music, nom on delicious food and drinks and compete in a berry fun strawberry eating contest.

After festival fun, explore nearby Hammond, whose historic district highlights the food and culture Tangipahoa Parish is known for. Stroll through downtown’s art galleries, boutiques and antique stores, or explore Hammond Regional Art Center’s latest exhibition.

Explore Tangipahoa Parish.

Basin Brew Fest

April 13
Morgan City

Sample pale ales, pilsners and stouts at Basin Brew Fest. Whether you like your beer micro-brewed, fermented with fresh fruit or doused with rich and velvety espresso, there’s a glass for you. When you aren’t sipping suds, two-step to tunes and sample southern favorites from the food court.

While you’re near the Bayou Teche, take note of the area’s breathtaking scenery. Make time to paddle down the Lower Atchafalaya River Paddling Trail, which highlights terraces, swamps and marshes. Later, drive down the Bayou Teche Scenic Byway for top-notch Cajun views. 

Visit The Cajun Coast

Bayou Teche Black Bear Festival

April 13
Franklin

Explore the sun-drenched banks of Louisiana’s coast for the Bayou Teche Black Bear Festival. Learn about the state’s beloved black bear while paddling through swamps dotted with tupelo-cypress trees, competing in cut-throat corn hole tournaments and jamming to live Cajun music. Little ones will love venturing into the Teddy Bear Mobile, where they can bring to life a new stuffed animal friend. 

Complement your outdoor adventures with a stroll through the Franklin Historic District. See mesmerizing turn-of-the century architecture, admire trinkets at mom-and-pop boutiques or grab an icy-cold scoop at Lamp Station Ice Cream Shoppe.

Visit The Cajun Coast

Second Saturday Artwalk

April 13
Lafayette

Experience the best of downtown Lafayette at Second Saturday ArtWalk, an inspiring blend of bright minds. Independent galleries, studios and art houses highlight current exhibitions, while Acadiana’s local makers offer goods at a streetside market.

For a look at the area’s art history, visit Vermilionville, a living history museum and folklife park. Stop by artisan booths, where locals demonstrate early Acadian, Creole and Native American crafts like blacksmithing and basket weaving.

Learn more about Lafayette.

Taste of Mid City

April 13
Baton Rouge

Always ahead of the curve, Baton Rouge’s culinary scene pairs the creativity and resilience of the south. See it for yourself at Taste of Mid City, a food festival highlighting area chefs and their curated light bites.

After the festival, visit Oxbow Rum Distillery — an estate with local, Louisiana sugarcane-based rums — to sample barrel-aged and Agricole-style spirits. Later, swing by Teddy’s Juke Joint, one of the last remaining music halls in operation that welcomed Black musicians during segregation.

Visit Baton Rouge

Azalea Trail of Lafayette

Spring

Lafayette’s Historic Azalea Trail is in full bloom. Hop on a trolley tour to see the best and the brightest blooms, or wander through the city’s can’t-miss viewing spots on your own walking or driving tour.

Learn more about Lafayette.

21 Beautiful State Parks & Preserves

Statewide 

Louisiana is home to 21 beautiful state parks filled to the brim with fun family experiences. As temperatures rise and flowers bloom, consider the state’s exciting hiking, biking and paddle trails. Or book a getaway at one of our lovely cabins!

Make Plans for Louisiana This Weekend

Whether it's one of our many exciting festivals or an adventure in the great outdoors, there is always something unique to experience in Louisiana. Be sure to check our calendar of events for the most up-to-date list of festivities.